Are Americans suffering from a forgotten health threat?

Coronaviruses are family of viruses that, in addition to being famous for catching the flu, can cause the common cold and, increasingly, problems during pregnancy. But right now, foreign-born residents of the U.S. have…

Are Americans suffering from a forgotten health threat?

Coronaviruses are family of viruses that, in addition to being famous for catching the flu, can cause the common cold and, increasingly, problems during pregnancy. But right now, foreign-born residents of the U.S. have some very serious exposure to the oncogenogenes in the respiratory virus group S(epi), which includes West Nile Virus and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

In 1999, new information emerged about a supergroup of S(epi)-associated diseases, collectively referred to as cluster clusters. A single-foreign-born individual can have exposure to both Mers and SARS, or both West Nile and SARS, without any apparent risk of its fatal effects.

This new virus experience strongly suggested that at least a small proportion of foreign-born U.S. residents have weak immune systems or other challenges due to diseases such as HIV/AIDS or other HSLV-specific exposures that have precluded them from developing immunity to other viral species.

They have acquired a dearth of antibodies that we’ve called “herd immunity” because they are not currently passing the virus to other individuals. So they cannot pass it on to other U.S. residents. Additionally, because of inadequate levels of antibodies, they are able to handle a few attempts at infection by now and therefore may be passing this virus on to others.

Although the risk of this illness spreading from an immigrant population is only about 1-2% per population, this illness could spread more easily if foreign-born U.S. residents were not required to have a U.S. medical prescription to access health care in the first place.

Health organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have published instructions on how to obtain a list of coronavirus related medications in this country to treat these illnesses.

However, can one obtain a comprehensive list of prescription medications for as-yet-undiagnosed illness in this country? Sadly, no. Currently, the only information on the U.S. pharmacy list is an abbreviated list of the medications already available.

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